While many engineers are angry that problems within the finance sector have started to impact on other parts of the economy, including the renewable energy sector, it is important that they direct their energy towards developing technologies that will support a truly sustainable economic recovery.
Cambridge, UK (PRWEB) March 10, 2009
theEnergyCrowd.com, a project orientated, crowd-sourced based website for engineers and developers who are working on a range of practical renewable energy solutions has been launched today by Steinkrug. The first theEnergyCrowd project is a passive solar energy based system that will reduce domestic energy bills.
As Peter Kruger, managing director of Steinkrug, points out: "In the months leading up to the current financial crisis the world experienced shortages of energy and raw materials and these problems will return when the global economy recovers. We feel now is a good time to stop merely reporting on the renewable energy market and start doing something practical."
theEnergyCrowd will also be the home to articles from Steinkrug's CarbonFree Weekly News, which will be structured around the CarbonFree report "101 Ways To Kick The Carbon Habit". Members of theEnergyCrowd will be able to download this and other reports free of charge. Kruger explains: "Feedback from subscribers to the CarbonFree newsletter tells us that a number of people are attempting to address the problem of sustainability by developing and deploying renewable energy solutions using their own scientific and engineering skills."
The broad aim of the theEnergyCrowd's first project is to reduce the cost of heating an existing house using technology that captures and stores energy from a sustainable source. This project will have three distinct phases:
-- First a wall-mounted passive solar energy capture system will be used to convert sunlight into heat during winter months. This phase is already well advanced and the equipment will be ready to test during the next few weeks.
-- The second phase will involve short-term storage of heat energy, enabling solar energy collected and converted in the late afternoon to be used during the early evening.
-- The third phase will employ technology that supports the seasonal storage of heat energy, capturing heat during the summer then storing it for retrieval during the autumn and early winter months.
Ultimately a set of simple, low cost, technologies will be productized so that they can be incorporated into existing homes, in some cases by householders themselves.
Like other technologies developed by theEnergyCrowd, the design of the passive solar energy capture and storage system will be made available via a General Public License (GPL) - similar to the one that covers the use of Linux within the high technology sector.
Commenting on the launch of theEnergyCrowd, Kruger says: "While many engineers are angry that problems within the finance sector have started to impact on other parts of the economy, including the renewable energy sector, it is important that they direct their energy towards developing technologies that will support a truly sustainable economic recovery."
Engineers, developers and others interested in sustainable energy technology can join the energy crowd free of charge at http://www.theenergycrowd.com.
Steinkrug Publications Ltd is the UK based publishers of research covering the healthcare IT and renewable energy markets.
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